This virtual event, the second in the spring’s Davoudi Emerging Leaders Lecture Series, featured Dr. Rola El-Serag, director of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences (CHB). El-Serag discussed her strategic vision for the CHB as well as current public health issues brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also considered the lessons she learned navigating various cultural changes and bureaucracies throughout her professional career. This conversation was moderated by RYP member Sarah Ringold, and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A after the discussion.
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8:30 a.m. — Presentation
9:00 a.m. — Q&A
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Rola El-Serag, M.D., is the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and director of the Center for Health & Biosciences. She was previously the medical director of the Women Veterans Health Program at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She served as an expert educator in women’s health within the Department of Veterans Affairs, both locally and nationally, as well as an advocate for female veteran health.
Her work at the VA focused on program development, improving the quality of health care, expanding health care services, reducing gender disparities and changing institutional culture by educating employees and patients about women’s health issues and gaps in care.
El-Serag has received multiple teaching and clinical awards, including the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award and Women of Excellence Award at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine and completed residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 2002.
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